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Askeaton Ballysteen Natural Heritage take home gold after winning County Award

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Askeaton Ballysteen Natural Heritage hosted two workshops, pictured above, which explored water quality and biodiversity of the River Deel, the Shannon, and Deel Estuary. The participants learned how to make a difference for local waterbodies and a community water biodiversity action plan will be created.

The Awards honour organisers who created engaging and inspiring events and projects for National Heritage Week 2022

By I Love Limerick correspondent Ellie McCarthy

This has been a great week for Askeaton as their own tidy towns committee came in third place in the Limerick Going For Gold 2022 competition which saw them receive €5,000 for their efforts.

Askeaton Ballysteen Natural Heritage have won big after receiving the County Award as part of National Heritage Week Awards which took place Thursday, October 20.


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The ceremony was broadcasted live from the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin and hosted by Anne Cassin, a well-known journalist, and television presenter.

National Heritage Week ran from 13-21 August 2022. The Awards honour the organisers who created the most engaging and inspiring events and projects for National Heritage Week 2022.

More than 1,800 events and projects took place around the country in August during National Heritage Week, as communities and individuals answered the invitation to explore this year’s themes of sustainable heritage and biodiversity.

The Heritage Council celebrated winners in several categories including Sustainable Heritage, Biodiversity, Sustainable and Inclusive Event, Water Heritage, Wild Child, and County.

The County Award category was presented to the most successful heritage event or project from each local authority, with Askeaton Ballysteen Natural Heritage being one of the lucky winners for their excellent project.

Michele Horrigan of Askeaton Ballysteen Natural Heritage said, “The Ballysteen Community Council brought home gold for the organisation by hosting two workshops in Askeaton which explored water quality and biodiversity of the River Deel, the Shannon, and Deel Estuary. The participants learned how to make a difference for local waterbodies and a community water biodiversity action plan will be created in the future.”

Heritage Week is an initiative driven by the Heritage Council to celebrate all things heritage. It brings communities, families, organisations, cultural institutions, and academics together to build awareness around the value of heritage and support its conservation.

This year, the Heritage Council once again recognised the efforts of individuals, families, and community groups to ensure the preservation, protection, and promotion of Ireland’s built, natural, and cultural heritage.

This has been a great week for Askeaton as their own tidy towns committee came in third place in the Limerick Going For Gold 2022 competition on Tuesday, October 25, which saw them receive an amazing €5,000 for their efforts.

Find out more about the winners of the National Heritage Awards 2022

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